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Thursday’s Theme: Harvest DIY Projects From Pinterest

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

The title says it all – we’ve compiled a few charming harvest DIY projects from creators all over Pinterest, ranging in skill level and material needs. Tell us about the DIY projects you’ve taken on this fall, and be sure to follow us on Pinterest for more ideas throughout the holiday season.

Harvest Napkin Rings

All this DIY takes is some faux berries, leaves, greenery or all of the above. If you have never added napkin rings to your table, you may be surprised how elegant they make each place setting.

Pumpkin Leaves Printables

These little tags are perfect for marking each place at the table, or spicing up your seasonal displays.

Pumpkin Leaves Free Printable | Ella Claire Blog | DIY

Apple and Pumpkin Candle Holders

A charming idea for turning ordinary tealights into beautiful seasonal mood lights.

Burlap Wreath

This is a great tutorial for a simple burlap wreath that isn’t strictly fall specific, so you could use it all year round.

Pumpkin Terracotta Pots

This is a “We wish we had thought of this!” DIY, and it’s perfect for housing small treats this time of year.

Autumn Serving Tray

Collect some leaves from your own yard for this DIY, and have a charming tray from which to serve your guests this season.

Harvest Yard Signs

This is a more material-intensive DIY, but the result is certainly worth it.

DIY Harvest Yard Sign | Homemade by Carmona Blog | DIY

Fall Harvest Crochet Coaster Set

For those of you who love getting crafty with crochet, this vibrant pattern is free and comes with great instructions.

Free Crochet Pattern – Fall Harvest Coaster Set | A Crocheted Simplicity Blog

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Throwback Thursday: A Bold Room from 2005 (and style tips for today)

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

For this week’s Thursday’s Theme we’re taking it back to our Holiday 2005 catalog, and the living room below. Although this set up is over ten years old, it maintains a timeless look because of the use of staple furniture, decor and classic color.

Throwback Thursday: A Bold Room from 2005 | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

First, the colors. If the white furniture doesn’t draw your eye into the image, the red and orange pairing certainly will. Red and orange are analogous colors (as are orange and yellow), which means they are neighbors on the color wheel. This also means that their pairing is pleasing to the eye. While the red in this room has a much more imposing presence, the scattered orange accents move the eye around the room for both a bold yet refined look. These same colors, in addition to small splashes of yellow, are found in the wall art and the quilt hanging on the walls. These help break up the solid colors to make them feel lighter and more airy, thus offering the same effect to the entire room.

Second, the furniture. Another reason why this color pairing works so well is because the furniture is pretty uniform, which allows the color to really take center stage. You may recognize the tables as pieces from our Shaker Furniture collection, and although they have undergone a few slight changes over the years, you can still count on them to coordinate beautifully with each other – no matter which color you choose. The slip-covered furniture is stunning in white here; each piece really grounds the room, and the texture of the fabric prevents it from blending in too much with the walls while still remaining neutral enough as to not clash with the bold colors already in use.

A style tip to keep in mind is when you’re investing in a piece of furniture that will be in your home for a long time, like our Shaker Tables, you can personalize and adapt them to your style in a small yet impactful way: by switching out the drawer pulls. The small wood knobs can be removed with a screwdriver, and you can add your own glass, metal, or other wood pulls.

Learn more about analogous colors here, and let us know about any bold colors you’ve experimented with. We would also love to know if you have any style tips you’ve carried with you throughout the years that have stood the test of time. Leave a comment below!

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Get the Look: A Primitive Cottage Bedroom

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

While we can’t offer you a beautiful door leading out to a pretty balcony, we can help you achieve the cozy, airy and primitive [indoor] cottage look depicted below. This bedroom may be small, but it’s filled with such personal touches we can’t help but be charmed by it.

Photo by Virge Temme Architecture IncMore bedroom ideas

Freeport Ticking Stripe Throw | USA | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Bedding

It would be wrong to start with anything but the quilt. A quilt adds interest and whimsy to a bedroom, not to mention comfort, and whether your preference is a solid color or pattern, we have a variety of quilts that would work in a primitive cottage bedroom (Apothecary, Rosemary, and Blue Dusk shown here). When choosing coordinating accent pillows or shams, look for similar colors and alternative textures for maximum style. And we all know that a throw at the edge of a bed adds a relaxed look to a room while offering extra warmth for cooler nights.

Cottage Quilts | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Captain's Desk | USA | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Desk

It doesn’t matter if the desk holds a laptop or your stationary for corresponding with friends; there’s no reason for it not to be beautiful. The Captain’s Desk (also available in black and chestnut) is part of our web exclusive selection of furniture, and it’s made here in the USA. In a cottage bedroom, and especially a small cottage bedroom, a quaint desk with storage options like this also makes for a great bedside table.

Unconventional Wall Art

We love the look of an unconventionally sized print in a bedroom like the one pictured above. Our Sunny Daze Canvas Print is bright and, well, sunny, and can be hung horizontally or vertically. For seasonal charm, the wide Red Barn in the Woods Canvas Print is a perfect option.

Red Barn in the Woods Lighted Canvas Print | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Sunny Daze Canvas Print | USA | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Black Hyacinth Cocktail Storage Trunk | Sturbridge Yankee WorkshopAt the Foot of the Bed

A trunk or chest at the foot of the bed offers more storage for blankets and keepsakes, as well as an extra seat. The Black Hyacinth Storage Trunk offers modern storage with the nostalgic look of a primitive, handwoven trunk.

Overall, a primitive cottage bedroom should emanate vibrancy and functionality, two things that give it timeless life. Find out more ways you can incorporate a primitive look in your home here, and tell us how you would give this bedroom
a personal touch in a comment below.

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